September 6, 2011 Subject:
Mountain Stealie - Utah Dead
a great fun show on the mountain at the old Park West Ski Area...which became Wolf Mountain....which is now The Canyons.
have a fantastic full-band stage shot of this one, if interested e-mail me at email@example.com
as for Augy and his review, spent plenty of time listening to his raves in person back in the 80s. just happened to fall into the same scene as I was going to school in LA and he was part of the South Bay Deadheads... legendary yapper couldn't even recall who I was last time I saw him at a PLF show in LA May 2005.
I taped this show, none of my recordings are up on the LMA, hoping to work on that soon.
highlights of this show are the China > Rider and most of the 2nd set. during the drums the afternoon clouds built up and it got pretty chilly, Phil even breaking out an xtra shirt. but right as the Spanish Jam ended and the intro to The Wheel began the sun broke out for the rest of the set. classic GD moment.
Phil mentions this particular tour in his book Searching for the Sound. He and Jill were driving it themselves, on tour in the West.
...and to think Furthur's gonna be traveling a similar path later this month, 28 years later. we will survive!
September 6, 2010 Subject:
Latter Day or Labor Day?
Well, in response to the last guy I was at this show and I hate to be a snob but unless it's a very early show in which case few of us actually both attended and can remember well enough to review it. So, without a really good reason I rarely ever review shows I didn't go to! Gee, I haven't even got around to reviewing all the ones I was at with something valid to say about each of them yet; because for one thing, not all of them were terrific or even other than generic enough to do so!
This one was a fairly generic with the exception of the always special to me, "Spanish Theme". So much so, that I use it for background on my phone answering recording (in fact I changed from using Irvine from the next year to this one because it's a board) even though it kind of freaks out some folks who've never seen Grateful Dead and I know of one guy recently who had, but he had only once.
Anyway, there isn't a lot one can say about this show other than it's obvious attractiveness to hear the band it the mountains being a skier who has skied it Utah except not here. Given that it is a mountain it is fairly steep for a concert (but not to much to ski down) much in that respect like Red Rocks (although I didn't go to there this year) or the one time they played at the Boreal Ridge ski area in Ca. So given that, the clearest memory I have, (even though I know for those of you who both didn't go and are trying to decide if this is a good recording it says nothing of the sound etc. thus it isn't any help for which I apologize); but since under normal conditions one can never really see all of (unless I suppose if one at an indoor show in a small theater like perhaps the Warfield were in the balcony, which even when they played there I was still (although I hate to brag yet it is one of the few things in life I ever had consistent good luck with, so far) in the front as usual) what the drummers have at their disposal and are doing etc. that is, here I still see in color in my mind, Mickey with his brass bowls. Which also reminds me of, although I probably already mentioned it in the corresponding review (see Sante Fe (not just for my comments it's well worth it) the next weekend after this, after Red Rocks) on his birthday I talked to him about the steel drums he used to use in the late '70's which he late brought back out briefly!
Regarding the title of this review, perhaps I was mistaken, somehow in part maybe due given how in Weir's solo tune with the Midnights "Salt Lake City" it pokes fun at "Mormon" girls, I thought at the show it sounded to me like he was saying One more "Latter" Day Night, but yes I admit this was near Labor Day (although on a Sunday so not exact but I suppose close enough, which coinincidentally as I write this today is Labor Day) nevertheless; obviously whatever Weir was saying it was unusual and that's what makes shows easiest to remember if they otherwise were generic! Since it's a board of a show I went to I'm getting it in any case.
Rewriting this, I'm not mistaken indeed although, in the middle he clearly says "Labor Day" I've now confirmed that he also says either on the last or next to the last time "Latter Day" and at the beginning it's still hard to tell which one exactly he is saying!
March 4, 2009 Subject:
I WASN'T AT THIS SHOW BUT THE SET LIST IS UNBELIEVABLE
January 13, 2009 Subject:
This was my first show, of many to come and it seems to hold a high bar to compare ...the open area of the ski mountain was a perfect setting on a dreamy day. We were traveling and my brother insisted we stop for the show on the way from a relative's wedding and this was the high point of the trip. I am glad to find a SB of this quality to remember how carefree life was....my favorite show out of many new years shows, laguna seca, and manor downs and others..